Desjardins, proud partner of the Carrefour d'affaires au féminin

    This event is organized by the Réseau des femmes d'affaires marocaines du

    MONTREAL, May 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group is proud to announce its
participation in the 4th edition of the Carrefour d'affaires au féminin, as
title sponsor. This event, organized by the network of Moroccan business women
in Canada (réseau des femmes d'affaires marocaines du Canada), brings together
a panel of business women from various locations around the globe to meet with
their peers from Québec.
    Activities are staged to take place from May 25 to 27, and will include
several conferences, including one given by Hélène Bégin, Senior Economist
with Desjardins Group, who will speak about the current economic situation.
    Desjardins is very involved in cultural communities and is working, in
part through its contribution to this event, to emphasize the importance of
multi-ethnicity within business relations.
    "Desjardins sets itself apart by the welcome it offers to new immigrants,
which can be seen in Carrefour Desjardins in Montréal. Our team of
professionals has the ability to serve our clientele in ten languages, while
our resources are drawn from a variety of countries. We are just really
excited by diversity! That is why we jumped at the chance to take part in
these meetings held by business women from all walks of life," explains
Guylaine Legault, Vice-President of Carrefour Desjardins and honorary
president for the event.
    For Desjardins Group, which was given a prize for their efforts to
promote diversity by the African Business Network on May 7, women clearly have
an important role to play in our society.
    In fact, in 2008, Desjardins Group boasted more than 30,000 female
employees, including 1,395 managers, 159 senior executives and close to one
hundred caisse general managers. During this same year, 62% of executives and
28% of senior executives appointed within Desjardins Group were women.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada,
with overall assets of close to $160 billion, as at March 31, 2009. It
comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec
and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its 42,000
employees and the commitment of its 6,300 elected officers, Desjardins offers
its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients a full range of
financial products and services. Its physical distribution network is
complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult

For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): Caroline Phémius,
Advisor, Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7000,
ext. 7262, 1-866-866-7000, ext. 7262

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